McMaster University

McMaster University

Division of Neurology: child being tested
Contact Information
Dr. Brandon Meaney
Division Head

Health Sciences Centre, Room 3N11

Hamilton, ON    L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100, ext. 73392  
Fax: 905-521-7914  

Division of Neurology

About Neurology

The Division of Neurology has grown significantly over the past several years. The team cares for patients with a wide variety of neurological disorders including epilepsy, neurovascular conditions, movement disorders, headaches and developmental delays.

As the number of neurologists in the division has grown, the division has been able to offer expanded services. Children with cerebral palsy are now seen in a specialized multidisciplinary clinic that assesses and manages spasticity, including offering botox injections. An epilepsy monitoring unit has also been established, offering the ability to undertake prolonged video-EEG monitoring in children with epileptic seizures.

The neurologists offer an epilepsy clinic and also participate in the running of one of Canada's largest ketogenic diet clinics. This clinic has been very successful in helping epileptic children who don't respond to traditional pharmacological treatments.

In the future, the Division of Neurology will continue to collaborate with other professionals in other disciplines, including developmental pediatrics and child psychiatry. There is often an overlap between these patient populations, so further collaboration will benefit these children and families by providing streamlined referrals, shorter waiting times and in the end, better patient care.

The members in the Division of Neurology pursue a range of research interests, including health-related quality of life for children with epilepsy, holistic treatment for children with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, benign neonatal convulsion, and the evolution of epilepsy after the first seizure.

Each of the neurologists in the division play an active role in teaching future generations of physicians. They participate at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels of medical education. The Division offers a Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program and Pediatric Neurology Fellowship Training Program.

Division Members

Dr. Brandon Meaney
Division Head
Associate Professor, Neurology

Dr. David Callen
Program Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency & Fellowship Training Program
Associate Professor, Neurology

Dr. Ronit Mesterman
Associate Professor, Neurology

Dr. Gabriel Ronen
Professor, Neurology

Dr. Rajesh RamachandranNair
Associate Professor,
Neurology and Epileptology,
Medical Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Dr. Kevin Jones
Assistant Professor
Neurology and Epileptology
Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

What's New?

"The goal of the clinic is to reduce the burden of seizures and improve the quality of life for our patients"

- Dr. Kevin Jones on the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic (Read More)

Improving Life for Children with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological health conditions in children, and yet in the early 1990s, when Dr. Gabriel Ronen joined the Department, there was no dedicated program to help children with the condition living in Hamilton and surrounding communities. Since then, his clinical work and research have improved the lives of children with epilepsy in our communitiy and beyond. Here's how he did it... (Read More)

Comprehensive Paediatric Epilepsy Program

In 2014, Funding from the Ministry of Health facilitated the development of a Comprehensive Paediatric Epilepsy Program (CPEP) at McMaster Children’s Hospital that focuses on the improvement of care for children and youth with medically refractory epilepsy. Under the medical direction of Dr. Rajesh RamachandranNair this program coordinates resources within the Children’s Hospital specifically related to epilepsy.

This program includes a comprehensive multidisciplinary epilepsy clinic for the medical and surgical management of children and youth with medically refractory epilepsy, and a 2-bed inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU).

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